The Woman Fencer

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While fencing was once the prerogative of men alone -- by tradition and by choice -- fencing has evolved into a sport that is no longer gender exclusive. It is a game that may be mastered by anyone. Today, women play an important and equal role in fencing, and yet, there has never been a volume specifically addressing the issue of women as fencing entities... until now!

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Fencing, in general for men and more particularly for women, is not a subject that one finds books about in many libraries. Happily, this book by the Evangelistas, each of whom has nearly three ... Read full review

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The author's knowledge of early fencing before Marozzo's is critically flawed. While the views contained within the book have been on par for the last 200 years, the modern recreationist movement called Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) have blasted apart the myth in which cutting weapons, prior to the rapier, being only about brute strength and overwhelming force. The HEMA revivalists study the extant manuals in depth and has discovered a wealth of knowledge. This knowledge is the foundation of all fencing which followed.
The authors of this book should be ashamed of publishing these overwhelmingly false claims about Europe's martial heritage. Foyning weapons are not the only weapons which have higly developed and critically thought out systems of defense.
Shame on you.


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About the author (2001)

Nick Evangelista is a fencing master with over thirty years experience. His specialty is the classical French school of fencing. Besides this present volume, he has written four other fencing-related books: The Encyclopedia of the Sword (Greenwood Press, 1995), The Art and Science of Fencing (Masters Press, 1996), Fighting with Sticks (Loompanics Unlimited, 1998), The Inner Game of Fencing (Contemporary Books, 2000). He is also the editor-in-chief of Fencers Quarterly Magazine, and the fencing editor for Encyclopedia Britannica.The former assistant of fencing master Ralph Faulkner, he now teaches fencing in Peace Valley, Missouri, West Plains, Missouri, St. Louis Missouri, and Springfield, Missouri. Nick Evangelista plans to never retire from fencing.

Anita Evangelista has been fencing on and off for almost twenty-eight years (she likes epee much more than foil). Outside fencing, Anita is Registered Nurse (RN, BSN), an EMT, a hypnotist, and college student on her way towards a Masters Degree in Psychology. She is also the author of a number of books on a variety of subjects: Hypnotism: A Journey into the Mind (Arco Books, 1980), The Dictionary of Hypnotism (Greenwood Press, 1991), How to Develop a Low-Cost Family Food-Storage System (Loompanics Unlimited, 1995), How to Live Without Electricity ? And Like It (Loompanics Unlimited, 1997), and Backyard Meat Production (Loompanics Unlimited,1997). She has also co-authored two books with Nick Evangelista: Blood-Lust Chickens and Renegade Sheep (Loompanics Unlimited, 1999), and Country Living is Risky Business (Loompanics Unlimited, 2000). She is the very capable managing editor of Fencers Quarterly Magazine.

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